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taunt

verb \ ˈtȯnt , ˈtänt \

Definition of taunt

transitive verb
:to reproach or challenge in a mocking or insulting manner :jeer at

taunter

noun

tauntingly

play \ˈtȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈtän-\ adverb

Examples of taunt in a Sentence

  1. The boys continually taunted each other.

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Origin and Etymology of taunt

perhaps from Middle French tenter to try, tempt — more at tempt

Synonym Discussion of taunt

ridicule, deride, mock, taunt mean to make an object of laughter of. ridicule implies a deliberate often malicious belittling.
    • consistently ridiculed everything she said
deride suggests contemptuous and often bitter ridicule.
    • derided their efforts to start their own business
mock implies scorn often ironically expressed as by mimicry or sham deference.
    • youngsters began to mock the helpless wino
taunt suggests jeeringly provoking insult or challenge.
    • hometown fans taunted the visiting team

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taunt

noun

Definition of taunt

:a sarcastic challenge or insult

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First Known Use of taunt

circa 1527


TAUNT Defined for English Language Learners

taunt

verb

Definition of taunt for English Language Learners

  • : to say insulting things to (someone) in order to make that person angry


TAUNT Defined for Kids

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taunt

noun \ ˈtȯnt \

Definition of taunt for Students

:a mean insulting remark

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taunt

verb

Definition of taunt for Students

taunted; taunting
:to make fun of or say insulting things to


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